VACAVILLE — Assemblyman Jim Frazier says he won’t let the state Department of Finance determine the fate of Vacaville parking lots paid for with redevelopment funds.
“The state’s not going to be a dictator in this one,” the 11th Assembly District representative told the Vacaville Rotary Club.
Frazier, D-Oakley, said this of state finance officials: “They know my name. They know how I cuss.”
The state agency sent a June 27 letter to Vacaville about 11 parking lots that the Department of Finance said did not qualify as governmental use and advised the city’s options are to sell them or obtain a compensation agreement with affected tax entities for the properties.
Vacaville resident and Republican Alex Henthorn, who is running against Frazier in the Nov. 4 election, said after the assemblyman’s talk that “the loss of redevelopment agencies has been an ongoing problem since Jim Frazier took office.”
“Just like stopping the Delta tunnels, he has been all talk when it comes to fighting those problems without providing action to achieve solvency,” Henthorn said. “As an assemblyman, I would put forth a bill to provide for the protection of the properties originally paid for with redevelopment money that provides a benefit to the municipalities.”
Frazier told Rotary Club members about heated discussion he’s had with Gov. Jerry Brown over proposals for twin tunnels to transport water in the Delta. People would think the two were on a construction site they way we were talking, Frazier said.
He spoke on a range of issues, including concerns by some residents in the Assembly district that they wanted a representative from Solano County rather than one from Contra Costa County representing them in Sacramento. The assemblyman said he’d been to 636 events since being elected and most of them have been in Solano County.
Frazier, a former contractor who owned his own business, described himself Thursday as one of the lawmakers to sign the front of a paycheck. Frazier spoke about doing a ride-along with every police and fire department in the 11th Assembly District so he could understand what public safety officials are up against on the street.
“We cannot have economic development unless we have a safe city,” the state assemblyman said.
Legislation he’s introduced included a measure to make texting while driving that results in injury be punished the same as driving under the influence. His bill didn’t win passage but Frazier vowed to continue to pursue the legislation.
Frazier, who gave a $2,000 check in personal funds toward the Play 4 All Rotary Park planned in Vacaville, received a standing ovation at the end of his talk.
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